Absorbent Article With Unitary Elastomeric Waistband With Multiple Extension Zones
Patent #: 7,727,217
Inventor(s): Catherine Hancock-Cooke
Company: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
A patent has been grated to an absorbent article, such as a disposable diaper, which includes a chassis having a front waist region, a back waist region, and a crotch region extending between the front and back waist regions. An outer cover member and a bodyside liner extend longitudinally between the front and back waist regions. An absorbent body structure is sandwiched between the outer cover member and the bodyside liner. A unitary elastomeric structure is attached to at least one of the front and back waist regions, the elastomeric structure extending completely across the respective waist region and extending beyond lateral sides of the chassis so as to form elastomeric attachment tabs. The elastomeric structure having a predetermined first modulus of elasticity such that when attached to said waist region, a resulting elastomeric waistband portion is defined having an overall second modulus of elasticity that is less than the first modulus of elasticity of the attachment tabs.
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